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Handout -- Social media basics for Master Gardener leaders

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Presented at the 2012 Florida Master Gardener Leadership School.

Presented at the 2012 Florida Master Gardener Leadership School.

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  • 1. Social Media Basics 2012 Master Gardener Leadership School What is social media? “Digital tools (e.g., websites, mobile applications) that allow and facilitate interaction between users.” – eXtension.org What are the best social media sites for MGs? Facebook Twitter Pinterest YouTubeFacebookhttp://www.facebook.com/florida.mastergardeners Pageshelp you getpublic exposure for your county’s programs and activities, and they’re easy to set up (http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php). Plus, they allow for plenty of customization (http://mashable.com/2012/07/13/facebook-pages-tips-tricks/#747871). Groups help bring together people who share a common interest, e.g., MGs in a specific county, and can be public or private (http://www.facebook.com/about/groups/). Ads can help you promote your plant sales, recruit new members, etc. (https://www.facebook.com/help/?page=175624025825871).Twitterhttp://www.twitter.com/FloridaMGs Set up an account (https://support.twitter.com/articles/100990-how-to-sign-up-on-twitter). Find followers (http://www.wikihow.com/Get-More-Followers-on-Twitter). Tweet short, 140-character updates. This is a great way to promote your county’s activities or share Florida-Friendly gardening information. Retweet updates from other good sources and reply to users who mention your tweets.Pinteresthttp://pinterest.com/FloridaMGs Pin and repin images to online visual pinboards, as well as interact with other users. Popular with DIY and creative types, so it’s a great place to feature any how-to articles that you may have written and taken pictures of. Great site to get your photography buffs involved with.YouTubehttp://www.twitter.com/UFGardening Shoot and upload how-to videos using a digital video camera. Follow other UF/IFAS users like SolutionsForYourLife, YourFloridaLawn, and UFEntomology. Respond to comments/questions that users post on your videos. Watch and leave comments on other users’ videos. Presented by Kim Kruse—Full presentation available online at www.slideshare.com/krtaylor

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